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Tonight, FX kicks off the new drama Trust, inspired by the real-life saga of one of America’s wealthiest families, the Gettys. The series opens in 1973, as oil tycoon John Paul Getty (Donald Sutherland, Ice, Crossing Lines) is living in a mansion in the English countryside along with his wife, mistresses, and pet lion. While Getty is the richest man in the world, he is still an extreme penny-pincher. His sons can’t stand him — he doesn’t give them any respect, and they don’t necessarily want to take over the family business. Getty’s estranged, free-spirited grandson John Paul Getty III (Harris Dickinson, Clique) arrives at the mansion and impresses his grandfather with his knowledge of arts and culture. Getty seems some potential in the 17-year-old as a successor, but Paul has ulterior motives and is secretly looking for some quick money to pay off a debt. Getty wants Paul to earn his money and sends him off to Italy to learn more about the business, but Paul’s lack of maturity ultimately gets him into trouble and leads to his infamous kidnapping and ransom at the hands of the Italian mob. Getty hasn’t kept his fortune by giving it away, and he’s not about to start now, no matter what the kidnappers demand. Paul’s mother, Gail Getty (Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby), is the only one trying to negotiate with the kidnappers, but she has no access to the family’s money, and Paul’s father, J. Paul Getty Jr. (Michael Esper, Shades of Blue), is too busy to care.
The series was created by Simon Beaufoy (Battle of the Sexes, Everest, 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire), and the first 3 episodes are directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting , Steve Jobs, 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire). The cast also includes Brendan Fraser (The Affair), Anna Chancellor (New Blood), Norbert Leo Butz (Bloodline, Mercy Street), Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders), and Luca Marinelli.
I really enjoyed tonight’s premiere. The series has amazing production values — you would think it was a film and not a cable TV series. And the acting is great — Donald Sutherland is such a commanding presence who can be both charming and despicable at the same time. I am not familiar with all the details of this kidnapping case — I didn’t see the recent Oscar-nominated film, All the Money in the World — so I am really looking forward to seeing how this all plays out and what twists and turns lie ahead. It seems ridiculous that someone with that much money would refuse to pay the ransom for a family member. I’m really interested to learn more about what was going through John Paul Getty’s head at the time, how the kidnappers react to this unexpected turn of events, and what ultimately happens to Paul.
On tonight’s premiere, “The House of Getty,” John Paul Getty III, a member of one of the 20th century’s most iconic families, is kidnapped in 1973.
Catch the beginning of this famous family saga tonight on FX at 10/9c.
I’ll also be watching/DVRing Barry, Deception, Instinct, Timeless, Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Family Guy, The Last Man on Earth, Silicon Valley, Billions, & The Walking Dead.